Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh (previously under the working title as Drake and Josh: Best Christmas Ever) is a television movie, and the first new program that came out of the Drake & Josh franchise in over a year. Josh Peck, Drake Bell, Miranda Cosgrove, Nancy Sullivan and Jonathan Goldstein reprise their roles as Drake Parker, Josh Nichols, Megan Parker, Audrey Parker, and Walter Nichols respectively; several recurring characters from the TV series also reappeared. This is also the last time their characters appeared on television.
The film premiered on December 5, 2008 as a Nickelodeon Original Movie. It was the third most viewed TV movie on cable behind High School Musical 2, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, both owned by Disney Channel.
The film was made after the end of the original Drake & Josh series.
A brand new Drake & Josh TV movie tentatively entitled "Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh" began production on July 7, 2008, and wrapped up production on August 15, 2008. It premiered on December 5, 2008.
Unlike the earlier Drake & Josh film, Drake & Josh Go Hollywood, this film was presented in High Definition.
This holiday season, join the entire cast of the hit TV series, Drake and Josh, in the exciting movie adventure, "Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh!" Coming straight to you on DVD, you'll experience laugh after laugh with Josh Peck, rockin' musical performances from Drake Bell, and a spankin' new song from Miranda Cosgrove! This awesome holiday movie also features guest appearances from Henry Winkler and MMA fighting champion, Kimbo Slice!
From the original series
The show's vast majority of recurring characters returned for the special, all played by their original actors.
|Drake Parker||Drake Bell|
|Josh Nichols||Josh Peck|
|Megan Parker||Miranda Cosgrove|
|Audrey Parker||Nancy Sullivan|
|Walter Nichols||Jonathan Goldstein|
|Mindy Crenshaw||Allison Scagliotti|
|Eric Blonnowitz||Scott Halberstadt|
|Craig Ramirez||Alec Medlock|
|Helen||Yvette Nicole Brown|
|Crazy Steve||Jerry Trainor|
|Mrs. Hayfer||Julia Duffy|
|Mary Alice Johansson||Bailee Madison|
|Officer Perry J. Gilbert||David Pressman|
|Judge Newman||Henry Winkler|
Miranda Cosgrove did a cover of "Christmas Wrapping", and the song became the single of the movie, but no soundtrack was released. The singe was released on iTunes. Drake Bell made a music video for his cover of "Jingle Bells" which promoted the movie and can be seen on the DVD.
|Drake & Josh|
|Episodes||Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4 • "Go Hollywood" • "Really Big Shrimp" • Merry Christmas|
|Related media||Video releases • Soundtrack • Video game • Talent Showdown|
|Nickelodeon Original Movies|
|2000s||Globehunters • The Electric Piper • Cry Baby Lane • Shredderman Rules • The Last Day of Summer • Gym Teacher: The Movie • Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh • Spectacular!|
|2010s||Fred: The Movie • The Boy Who Cried Werewolf • Best Player • A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! • Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred • Rags • Fred 3: Camp Fred • A Fairly Odd Christmas • Swindle • Terry the Tomboy • A Fairly Odd Summer • Santa Hunters • Splitting Adam • Liar, Liar, Vampire • Rufus • Lost in the West • Legends of the Hidden Temple • Albert • Rufus 2 • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library • Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie • Tiny Christmas • Bixler High Private Eye • Lucky|